The Other Awards Show

Everyone knows that the Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday, but did you also know that the Independent Spirit Awards are being awarded on Saturday? Held annually in a big tent on the Santa Monica beach, these awards are given to the year's best work in independent films. To see clips from this year's nominees, visit the IFC (Indepdendent Film Channel) website.

The library's film collection includes many of the Independent Spirit Award winners from past years. Here are some of them:

Sideways, Lost in Translation, Far From Heaven, Memento, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Election, Gods and Monsters, Fargo, Short Cuts, The Player, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.


Hooray for Sex, Lies, etc.!

I just saw Soderbergh's Schizopolis for the first time a few days ago. I don't think it won anything, but definitely a great indie film.

It's interesting that indie films are starting to look more mainstream, in which I mean that they're looking more high-budget. I guess I didn't really think of Sideways and Lost in Translation as indie when I saw them; enjoyed them both, but didn't think "indie."

Yeah, it's definitly more difficult to distinguish independent films from studio films. I think part of that is because the most commercially successful independent films are the ones that are picked up and distributed by major companies in the industry. For those interested, Wikipedia has a decent article about independent film.

And speaking of Soderbergh, The Limey is another one of his films that is worth watching.

Oh my goodness! I love The Limey. Forgot it was a Soderbergh. Terence Stamp is brilliant in that.

"My name is Wilson." Yes, he's brilliant in that role.

By the way, for those interested, the winners of the Independent Spirit Awards can be found here. Brokeback Mountain won for Best Feature and Crash won for Best First Feature.